Personal Learning Account

Are you aged over 19 and earning under £26,000? Or, has your employment been negatively impacted by Covid-19? Then this course could be available for free through the Personal Learning Account.

How to apply: To apply through the Personal Learning Account, visit this information page.

Is this course right for me?

This course is an introduction to Computer-aided Manufacturing where you will learn how to program CNC cutting paths for 2D and 3D Geometry. You will then be able to simulate your outcomes on the software.

You will also learn basic G-CODE and be able to independently operate an Industrial CNC machine to produce components.

Entry requirements:

None - Preferably completed the CAD short course


Following practical examples and illustrations, you will be independently programming on a software before machining.


There are 3 assessment tasks to program and manufacture as well as knowledge based questions.


There are other short courses within the Engineering department to attend such as CAD, Introduction to Robotics and also Welding.